WILDLIFE IN FOCUS
Spotted PardaloteDo you like bushwalking or just walking through a park or reserve? As you walk through do you look at all the different patterns and textures?
|Spotted Pardalote-photo courtesy of Geo Nature|
Parks, reserves and the bush is not just groups of trees. They’re made up of many different interconnected layers of plants and animals, all with different sunlight and moisture needs.
Let’s find out what birds occupy the different layers of greenery.
I'm talking.with ecologist Sue Stevens
Did you know that there were so many layers within a forest, or bushland that birds occupy.
Not just the two or three that are most obvious.
|Spangled Drongo-photo Geo Nature|
Within this layered structure of plants in the bush or reserve live a vast number of birds and insects.
These animals also occupy different positions in the various layers of trees shrubs and groundcovers.
For example, the White Browed Scrub Wren lives in thick bush, but the grey fantail prefers thin bush.
Within the tree layers there's top, middle and the trunk that could be occupied by tree creepers, spangled, spangled drongos and spotted pardalotes right at the top.
Some birds live at the tops of the trees and feed on berries, while others, collect insects from the bush floor.
|Red Browed Finch feeding on grass seeds-photo Geo Nature|
Some insects live high in the different trees, feeding on leaves or other insects, some live in rotted logs, while others, find their habitat in the leaf litter on the forest or bush floor.
Then there's water birds,-shore birds, waders and pelagic birds which are those sea birds that don't come to shore.
If you have any questions about birds that occupy different habitat layers or have a photo to send it, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.
VEGETABLE HEROESWell it’s TIME FOR VEGETABLE HEROES Celery
I know of one gardener who uses sheets of corrugated iron against his celery patch to blanch them. Must love his celery!
Although plants can be grown from seed sown in early spring, it's far easier to buy ready-grown seedlings, which can be planted out in August onwards, depending on what zone in Australia you live..
There's also a Golden self Blanching variety, which by all accounts, tastes the best.
Perhaps it’s the myriad choices, especially in spring when flowers are in full bloom, or it’s all those botanical names-a different language really.
|Stephanotis climber-highly scented|
|Princess Pink Lavender-New Release|
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